Bayern München vs. Augsburg  3 - 0

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Lahm revels in Bayern ´dream´

12 May 2013 12:21

Bayern Munich's title-winning campaign has left Philipp Lahm feeling as though he is living in a dream.

The Bayern captain and his team-mates celebrated the club's 22nd Bundesliga crown on Saturday following a 3-0 victory over Augsburg.

The title had been wrapped up with a record-breaking six games to spare but coach Jupp Heynckes and his players were made to wait until the final home game of a remarkable campaign to get their hands on the trophy.

Lahm, who has been a regular fixture in the champions' back four this season, was delighted to earn the honour of a fifth Bundesliga title.

"It's sensational, dreamlike," he said. "I couldn't imagine anything better. It's always special to be a champion."

The Allianz Arena outfit still have the matter of a UEFA Champions League final against German rivals and Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund to contend with on May 25.

But Lahm does not think the celebrations will need to be curtailed, even with such a big game on the horizon.

"We are going to be celebrating properly," the 29-year-old said. "The team had to refrain from celebrating for weeks. We celebrate because we know what this is about.

"Then there is a two-week break so the team is allowed to let loose and celebrate freely because two weeks is easily enough time to recover."

Those sentiments were echoed by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is revelling in the first Bundesliga title of his career.

"It's a great feeling, definitely, and being able to celebrate in front of the fans, that's amazing," he said.

"Yes, we can definitely party today and we don't have to do so in first gear."

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Heynckes praises Bayern side after Bundesliga win

11 May 2013 20:59

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes believes his side have set new standards in winning the Bundesliga this season.

Munich were presented with the trophy following a 3-0 home win over Augsburg, thanks to goals from Thomas Mueller, Xherdan Shaqiri and Luiz Gustavo.

And Heynckes said after the game that the way in which his side have won the league was a source of great pride.

"It's a joint achievement from the players and coaching staff," he stated.

"No team in the history of the Bundesliga has played the football we’ve played this season, consistently at the highest level – it fills me with pride."

Speaking to his players at the press conference, he said: "We all know you'll be showered in beer at Bayern, but at least I've avoided pulling a muscle."

Vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger was one player present at the post-match conference and he said there would be a big celebration after receiving the trophy.

"We're champions with an unbelievable record, like never before in 50 years of the Bundesliga, and it's totally unbelievable. It's my sixth championship, but I'm as delighted about it as I was with the first," he said.

"We all know we still have games to play, but today will be a long and intense celebration. We're still young, and we can cope!"

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Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Munich record 28th win of the season

11 May 2013 19:45

Bayern Munich lifted the Bundesliga trophy after a hard-fought victory over Augsburg gave them their 28th win of the season.

Second-half goals from Thomas Mueller, Xherdan Shaqiri and Luiz Gustavo were enough for Bayern to record their eighth consecutive victory, and leave Augsburg's survival prospects hanging in the balance.

Meanwhile, Bayern's UEFA Champions League final opponents Borussia Dortmund battled back from 3-1 down to claim a 3-3 draw at Wolfsburg.

Dortmund took an early lead through Sven Bender before a brace from Ivan Perisic and a composed finish from Naldo saw the home side take a two-goal lead.

Marco Reus was the man who spared Dortmund's blushes with two late goals, earning his side a point and guaranteeing they finish the season as runners-up.

Werder Bremen secured their safety with a 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. Kevin De Bruyne gave them the lead and although Srdan Lakic equalised, Bremen got the point they needed to guarantee survival.

Hoffenheim's relegation troubles continued, as they were convincingly beaten 4-1 at home by Hamburg. Markus Gisdol's side found themselves 3-0 just after the hour and although Kevin Volland pulled a goal back, Andres Rudnevs sealed an easy win for Hamburg who maintain their hunt for European qualification.

Fortuna Dusseldorf missed the chance to secure their top-flight status as they were beaten 2-1 by Nuremburg and the prospect of relegation still looms with them only being out of the bottom three on goal difference.

Two goals from Jens Hegeler and one from Stefan Kiessling gave third-placed Leverkusen a victory over Hannover. They moved 10 points clear of fourth-placed Schalke, who were beaten 2-1 by Stuttgart.

A mid-table clash between Mainz and Borussia Monchengladbach saw six goals, including a hat-trick for Branimir Hrgota, as the visitors ran out 4-2 winners.

Already relegated Greuther Furth slipped to their 20th defeat of the season in their final home game, Freiburg claiming a 2-1 victory to move them above Frankfurt into fifth.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich 3 Augsburg 0

11 May 2013 17:42

Bayern Munich enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over Augsburg in the champions' last home game of the Bundesliga season.

There was a carnival atmosphere at the Allianz Arena for the last home fixture of coach Jupp Heynckes' reign and there was a danger that relegation-threatened Augsburg may spring a surprise and spoil the party.

However, three second-half goals put paid to that despite the visitors having good spells of pressure throughout the first period.

Diego Contento dropped to the bench for the home side along with Luiz Gustavo and Anatoliy Tymoschuk, while Jerome Boateng and Rafinha were left out of the squad completely.

David Alaba moved to the left side of defence while Xherdan Shaqiri and Claudio Pizarro were both on the bench after starting in the 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund.

Philipp Lahm and Dante returned to the back four just behind Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the holding midfield roles. Arjen Robben, Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Mario Mandzukic made up the front four.

The only changes for the visitors, who started the game in 16th place, came in defence where Dominik Reinhardt replacing Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker while Daniel Baier came in for Marcel De Jong.

Bayern made a strong start, with the help of a full-strength front line, as Mueller forced a good save from Alex Manninger following a cross from Robben on six minutes and, in what was a party atmosphere at the Allianz Arena, the home side looked relaxed and composed as they passed the ball around neatly.

The hosts threatened again after 17 minutes when Ribery drilled a ball across for Mandzukic, who could only smash his shot against Manninger.

Augsburg gradually came back into the game midway through the half and had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down after Ji Dong-Won went down in the box.

The remainder of the half saw Bayern become more frustrated as they passed and probed to no effect, ensuring the sides were level at half-time.

Tobias Werner had the first opportunity of the second half but his volley was hit into the ground and did not trouble Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal before Ji threatened again, with his deflected shot looping over Neuer and hitting the bar.

Robben went close for Bayern with a mazy run on 58 minutes but shot into the side netting when he perhaps should have squared it before Mueller eventually broke the deadlock.

After a period of good pressure from the champions, a pinpoint ball from Dante found the German who headed past Manninger on 69 minutes.

Augsburg went after an equaliser and had two further penalty shouts waved away but Bayern substitute Shaqiri killed the game off on 81 minutes.

The Swiss midfielder coolly turned and finished after good work from Ribery before Gustavo added a third five minutes later to give the champions a win in their last home game of the season.

The scoreline was harsh on Augsburg but the result leaves them still in 16th, just two points above Hoffenheim and level with Fortuna Dusseldorf.

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Heynckes plays down praise

10 May 2013 18:12

Jupp Heynckes feels he does not merit acclaim for his achievements this term despite leading Bayern Munich to domestic and European success.

Bayern have already clinched the Bundesliga title going into their derby clash with struggling Augsburg on Saturday and face Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on May 25.

Heynckes is set to be replaced by former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola in the off-season, but has still received praise from Bayern chief-executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who labelled the 68-year-old as their very own 'special one'.

However, Heynckes does not believe he has earned such plaudits and was keen to stress his view that there are other non-sporting feats more deserving of attention.

"Other people are doing more special things than me," he said.

"Carers, firefighters, ambulance workers, people who sacrifice themselves and soldiers in Afghanistan who have lost their lives or been injured in physically or mentally - these are special people.

"Sure, we have had a special season, which is very satisfying, but I have a more sophisticated view on life."

As he prepares for his final home game in charge of Bayern, Heynckes said he will miss the atmosphere at the Allianz Arena.

"Obviously I feel nostalgic because for one, the games in the Allianz Arena in front of our fans are something very special," he said.

"I think that not only in the Bundesliga but also in the Champions League our fans have been fantastic and have supported us all the way.

"I am sure that'll be the same tomorrow , maybe one can think that support isn't even necessary but it will be and we want to win the game tomorrow against Augsburg."

Bayern can become the first German side to complete a league, cup and UEFA Champions League treble if they overcome Dortmund at Wembley and beat Stuttgart in the DFB Pokal at Berlin's Olympic Stadium on June 1.

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Bundesliga Preview: Augsburg, Hoffenheim up against it

9 May 2013 10:15

Augsburg's bid to beat the Bundesliga drop takes them to Bayern Munich on Saturday, while fellow strugglers Hoffenheim meet Hamburg.

Markus Weinzierl's side, competing in only their second season in Germany's top flight, have taken just six points from their last six games to slide into the relegation play-off spot.

Matches against Bavarian neighbours Bayern have brought little cheer for Augsburg, with all four previous meetings have ended in defeat, and another reverse could see them slip into the bottom two.

Bayern may have their eye on the after-party, however, as they will finally get to lift the league winners' trophy following the match, capping a remarkable domestic campaign.

Hoffenheim are also battling for their lives and defeat for them coupled with victories for Augsburg and Fortuna Dusseldorf would see them playing in the Bundesliga 2 next season.

They have shown resilience in their last eight games, accumulating 12 points to keep their survival hopes alive, and a clash with Markus Gisdol's Hamburg, who can still quality for the UEFA Europa League, will further test their resolve.

The poor form of Dusseldorf and Werder Bremen, who are winless in 10 and 11 matches respectively, has kept things tight at the foot of the table.

Dusseldorf welcome a Nuremberg side whose own safety is assured despite having suffered four defeats on the bounce with only one goal to show for their efforts.

Werder have not tasted victory since February and their task gets no easier as they welcome UEFA Champions League hopefuls Eintracht Frankfurt, who will have an eye on fourth-placed Schalke's match at home to Stuttgart.

Wolfsburg have an unlikely double in their sights as they look to replicate the 3-2 victory they achieved over Dortumund back in December and extend their unbeaten run to nine matches.

Already relegated Greuther Furth finish their home campaign with a match against Freiburg, who occupy the final UEFA Europa League qualifying spot.

Bayer Leverkusen, assured of third spot following a six-match unbeaten run, take on mid-table Hannover at the BayArena.

Mainz are on home soil against Borussia Monchengladbach as the hosts try to secure their first three-point haul in seven matches.

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +80 91
2 34 +39 66
3 34 +26 65
4 34 +8 55
5 34 +5 51
6 34 +3 51
7 34 -11 48
8 34 -4 47
9 34 -2 45
10 34 -8 44
11 34 -5 43
12 34 -18 43
13 34 -2 42
14 34 -16 34
15 34 -18 33
16 34 -25 31
17 34 -18 30
18 34 -34 21